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by adriaanb
Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Life and the Evolution of Sex
Replies: 2
Views: 4725

Life and the Evolution of Sex

Life is a replicating molecule. The evolution of life is best understood as the replicator 'sliding down the hill of replication errors'. See the diagram below, each red dot is a replicator that is still alive today. Every mutation that manages to crowd out the original or split off makes the replic...
by adriaanb
Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Circle of Life, or why Hamilton's rule is wrong.
Replies: 2
Views: 3198

The Circle of Life, or why Hamilton's rule is wrong.

Darwin's theory of evolution provides an elegant explanation for the diversity of life we see around us. The genes that code for every living organism sometimes encounter a mutation that proves viable and creates a slightly changed living organism. The accumulation of mutations and occasional specia...
by adriaanb
Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: How Laughter and Storytelling calibrate our Social Morals.
Replies: 1
Views: 2599

How Laughter and Storytelling calibrate our Social Morals.

Social emotions like shame, pride, envy and respect help us overcome the prisoner dilemmas we encounter in group living. We are all equipped with these emotions that can steer our behaviour. But social rules can differ enormously over time and from group to group. We can function just fine under any...
by adriaanb
Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Play Sports and pursue a Career or go Extinct! Here's why..
Replies: 0
Views: 4244

Play Sports and pursue a Career or go Extinct! Here's why..

Why do men care more about sports and career then women? Sure women care too, but for many men it seems they can't live without it. Why do so many men watch and compete in sporting games every day? Why do they pursue earning more money long after they have satified every basic need? The reason lies ...
by adriaanb
Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:11 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Follow Fashion and Gossip or go Extinct! Here's why..
Replies: 0
Views: 2802

Follow Fashion and Gossip or go Extinct! Here's why..

I wrote something which I believe gets to the origin of fashion and gossip in a simple and logical way. I would be happy with any comment on whether it makes sense to you or not. Why do women find it important to be in on the latest fashion trends and gossip? Fashion couldn't be just to look nice fo...